MMRBQ 2017: Godsmack, Live, Bush, The Pretty Reckless @ BB&T Pavilion – Camden, NJ

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WMMR 93.3 FM is Philly is a rarity in this time: A terrestrial radio station with a rock format. Every year they put on the MMRBQ, a summer show in Camden, NJ. This year's lineup features Godsmack, LĪVE, Bush, The Pretty Reckless, The Struts, Zakk Sabbath, Rival Sons and Dinosaur Pileup. It's an all day event, with doors opening at 12 I believe. Excuse my tardiness tonight as there isn't a bus that goes the full three hours from Staten Island to ... Read More

Meat Puppets w/ Mike Watt + The Jom & Terry Show and Grant Hart – Brooklyn Bowl 05/10/2017

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Meat Puppets, Mike Watt + The Jom & Terry Show w/ Special Guest Grant Hart Brooklyn Bowl - 05/10/2017 Words/Photos/Videos - Jay Porks In 1985 label mates at SST Records embarked on the road in what was dubbed "The Tour" and it featured the likes of Husker Du, the Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Saccharine Trust, and SWA. Fast forward to 2017 and we have some of the ol' gang hitting the road together again as The Meat Puppets have embarked on 'The Tour Tour Two' co-headlining dates ... Read More

Blood, Lust, Death Tour 2017 feat. Dope, Combichrist, Davey Suicide, and September Mourning 4/8/2017

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      As if the desert couldn't get any hotter, Saturday night in Mesa proved everyone wrong when the Blood, Lust, Death Tour 2017 came to town at Club Red Mesa. While it may seem that the venue is small, the walls are only there to protect music lovers from all ages from the soaring temps and searing sun of the Valley of the Sun. There is no shortage of butts in the seats when a tour like this comes to town. For ... Read More

The Reaper Comes To Phoenix: September Mourning at Club Red – 4/8/2017

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It was a clear desert night when the stage became the page, and a house packed full of souls was saved by the songs of the reaper, September Mourning. On a dimly lit stage, the story of unfinished destiny unfolded as Mesa, Arizona became part of one woman's war between worlds. For the unsuspecting soul, September Mourning is a transmedia creative project that combines story into song of a journey into darkness and purgatory. Beginning as a dark fantasy comic and graphic novel, September Mourning uses song and print to advance concept ... Read More

Mac Sabbath, Metalachi, Krammpstein, Okilly Dokilly: 4/8/17

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The Monstrosity tour is perhaps one of the most bizarre tours of the year. Headlining the tour was Mac Sabbath, the world's only Drive-Thru metal band. Along for the ride was Metalachi and Okilly Dokilly. A strange lineup, but something you'd have to see to believe. To super size the show, a very special guest was added. It was non other than Krammpstein, a Rammstein tribute band where the band members dress as Krampus and other Alpine demons. The historic Regent Theater ... Read More

Cattle Decapitation and Goatwhore: Belasco Theatre – Los Angeles, Ca – 3/8/17

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Metal Blade Records was celebrating their 35th anniversary as one of metal's biggest record label. For the occasion, the label gathered a few bands and put them on a tour for the anniversary. The bands included in this tour were Whitechapel, Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, and Allegaeon. One of the many stops on the tour was the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles, California and metal fans were eager to see a lineup like this even on a Wednesday night. Goatwhore is a extreme/blackened death metal ... Read More

2017 Experience Hendrix Tour – Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights (Spokane), WA

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2017 Experience Hendrix Tour - Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights (Spokane), WA Review and Photos by thenaturalstoner Last night, The Slurry Baron, my fiancée, and I trekked up to Spokane, Washington to see the 2017 iteration of the Experience Hendrix tour at the Northern Quest Casino.  In its second year, this tour brings in all kinds of guitarists from different genres to pay respects to one of the Greatest of All Time, Jimi Hendrix.  This years lineup was pretty unique, so the Baron and ... Read More

Mayhem: The Observatory – Santa Ana, Ca – 2/7/17

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If you're a metal head and whether or not you listen to black metal, chances are you have heard of the Norwegian black metal legends, Mayhem. Mayhem is one of the most influential black metal bands and were also one of the founders of the black metal genre. Their 1994 debut album De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas (Latin for "About the Mystery of the Lord Satan") alone paved the way for many black metal bands and is widely considered one of the best black ... Read More

Metal Allegiance: Grove of Anaheim – Anaheim, Ca – 1/20/17

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The Metal Allegiance is a special show where musicians from different bands all gathered to pay tribute to fallen musicians from the last couple of decades. Some of the musicians included in this group include: Chuck Billy (Testament), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), WWE Superstar Chris Jericho (Fozzy), Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater/Avenged Sevenfold), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Gary Holt (Exodus/Slayer), and Billy Sheehan (The Winery Dogs). On August 2016, Metal Allegiance released an EP titled Fallen Heroes and included three cover ... Read More

After A Long Creative Hiatus, Orgy Returns to Club Red Mesa, AZ 1/25/2017

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    Bands change lineups like they change their socks.  Humans, however, are creatures of habit:  resistant to change and afraid of the new and untested. So, when the bands we know and love disappear and suddenly resurface with completely new lineups, their reception is often the same as that of a sequel to a good movie. Yet every now and then there is a stroke of brilliance in that sequel's conception, and the second act defies our resistance, proving to be as good or ... Read More

Brujeria, The Casualties, Pinata Protest: Regent Theater – Los Angeles, Ca 1/7/17

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The Regent Theater in Los Angeles hosted the yearly underground metal festival known as Show Your Scars. This year's lineup was no exception to the extreme lineup of bands ranging from local acts to the more popular bands. Some of the bands that played were death metal bands Exhumed and Repulsion which made their only appearance for the year at this festival. To no surprise, the event sold out ahead of time and so it was guaranteed to be a great and ... Read More

2016 Best Of Photos by Misael Ruiz

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2016 was another successful year for concerts for me. I got the opportunity to photograph some of my favorite bands as well as finally see some bands for the first time that I had been waiting to see. Along with that came lots of incredible photos I got while photographing bands. I tried to downsize it to 15, but after staring at my screen for 10 minutes, I just couldn't decide on what to get rid of so I stretched it to ... Read More

Sonata Arctica: The Grove – Anaheim, Ca – 12/4/16

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  Finnish power metal band Sonata Arctica released their ninth album The Ninth Hour on October 7, 2016. The band embarked on a North American tour and made their SoCal stop at the Grove in Anaheim, California. With them, they brought Finnish melodic death metal band Omnium Gatherum and German-Norwegian symphonic metal band, Leaves' Eyes. Even for a bill as big as this, sadly the turnout for this show wasn't very big even for a Sunday. Still, there was a decent amount of ... Read More

Avatar’s Big Top Freak Show Rolls Into Phoenix – Joe’s Grotto, 10/21/2016

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  I haven't been to the circus in a VERY long time. So, I caught up with Avatar in Phoenix at Joe's Grotto. It looked like a freak show, it sounded like a freak show...it even smelllllllled.....like a freak show. Avatar is a highly theatrical melo-death metal band from Gothenberg, Sweden. Making their way around the States to show off their latest outstanding Feathers & Flesh album, Phoenix was their first introduction to the American Southwest. Phoenicians know good music when they hear it, ... Read More

Blind Guardian: Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, Ca – 10/4/16

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German power metal band Blind Guardian made their return to US soil after a successful US tour last year. On this special tour, Blind Guardian is performing their entire 1995 Imaginations from the Other Side album in its entirety. The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles, California was just over half full, but still made for a fun show for the metal community.     The lights went out and the crowd cheered as the members of the band came out one by one. ... Read More

Deftones: Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, Ca – 8/24/16

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       Since the 90's, Deftones have been making an impact in the music world. No matter what genre of music you listen to, chances are you've heard of them. On April 8, 2016, Deftones released their eighth studio album, Gore. It is the third album released by the band since the accident and death of longtime bassist, Chi Cheng. With the release of Gore, Deftones has set out on a massive tour which also involves festivals around the world. This ... Read More

Cannibal Corpse and Nile: 8/12/16 – The Novo – Los Angeles, Ca

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The Summer Slaughter tour is one of the most brutal metal tours of the summer. Metal bands ranging from local acts, to rising acts, to some of the biggest names in metal. This year was no exception as the tour was headlined by the biggest death metal band in the world, Cannibal Corpse! Playing before them were the tech-death metal giants, Nile! Other acts on the bill included Suffocation, After the Burial, Ingested, Krisiun, and lots more. This huge metal show took ... Read More

Meat Puppets @ Wythe Hotel 08/05/2016 Brooklyn, NY

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Meat Puppets - 08/05/2016 Wythe Hotel - Brooklyn, NY Words/Photos/Video - Jay Porks Some people get a clown at their birthday party. Some people get bouncy houses and face painters. If you're a special kind of cool, you get the Meat Puppets. A private party in Williamsburg featuring the Meat Puppets at the luxurious Wythe Hotel across the street from the Brooklyn Bowl. The spread was phenomenal- some of the best burger sliders I've had in some time. Open bar. I have no idea what has ... Read More

High Road Tour w/ Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa @ PNC Bank Arts Center 08/02/2016

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High Road Tour Featuring Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa - 08/02/2016 PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ Words/Photos/Videos - Jay Porks Another day, another awesome concert courtesy of Curt Schlesinger and Peter Lo Re v. Ticketmister lawsuit. That's right, The Jay Porks Experience rolls through yet another show free of charge from that list of shows you all complained had nothing but terrible shows. The High Road Tour with Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa rolled through Dirty Jerz at the PNC Bank Arts Center Tuesday ... Read More

Korn, Rob Zombie, In This Moment: Irvine Meadows – Irvine, Ca – 7/24/16

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The Return of the Dreads tour made it's way to Southern California compared to the last time this tour took place in 2013. The tour features nu-metal giants KoRn, horror mastermind Rob Zombie, and metalcore band In This Moment. A huge package like this requires a big venue. So, the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater which is soon to be demolished was picked for this monstrous show. After putting up with some of the worst traffic venue, far parking, and packed lines to get ... Read More

Metalachi and Mac Sabbath: The Observatory – Santa Ana, Ca 7/9/16

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Metalachi and Mac Sabbath are currently two of the best cover/parody bands around. So what's better than seeing each band on their own show? How about back to back at a good-sized venue? That's right. These two popular bands got together for a night of debauchery, mariachi, and fast food deliciousness. One might think how bands like these play out their music. Well, if curiosity has gotten the best of you, then read on and venture into their world. The Observatory in ... Read More

Sublime W/ Rome & Dirty Heads @ PNC Bank Arts Center 07/08/2016

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Sublime w/ Rome & Dirty Heads - 07/08/2016 PNC Bank Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ Words/Photos/Videos - Jay Porks Back in the swing of things tonight at the glorious PNC Banks Arts Center to catch Sublime w/ Rome and Dirty Heads tear up dirty Jerz on a Friday night.  Doors scheduled for 6:30 but a thunderstorm rolled through so we waited it out in the car and walked in shortly before 8. That was after an extensive search at the door, which included metal detectors, ... Read More

Taake: Regent Theater – Los Angeles, Ca – 6/11/16

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Taake is a legendary black metal band from Norway formed in 1993 by singer Hoest. Taake is the old spelling of the Norwegian word meaning "fog". In 2014, Taake played their first USA show at the Maryland Deathfest. This year they embarked on their first west coast tour and on June 11th, played in Los Angeles for the first time ever. Many metalheads and especially fans of black metal were more than excited to see one of the best black metal bands ... Read More

Lamb of God and Clutch: Fox Theater – Pomona, Ca – 5/28/16

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Clutch is a rock band from Maryland, USA. Active since the 90's, they have released eleven studio albums including their newest album Psychic Warfare in 2015. Clutch joined Lamb of God on their current USA tour which proved to be an interesting choice given the two different types of music. Clutch came out to an already packed venue and were greeted by fans. They started the show with Sucker for the Witch from the new album. Given Clutch is a rock band, ... Read More

NOFX: Belasco Theater – Los Angeles, Ca – 4/16/16

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Los Angeles-based punk rockers NOFX launched their Hepatitis Bathtub tour for punk rockers in a number of US states. With twelve studio albums out and 8 million records sold worldwide, they are one of the most successful independent bands of all time. Along with the tour dates, the band was also offering signing sessions at bookstores for their new book, The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories. One of the first stops on the tour was the Belasco Theater and with the show ... Read More

Limp Bizkit To Not Headline After Gas Station Fest 2016 Is Cancelled By Cops

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Limp Bizkit  Sunoco Dayton, Ohio CANCELLED. Bro's, let's start with the shitty news, shows cancelled. The good news is Fred Durst might still drop by for a pack of smokes and a mountain dew, if he can make it over. Sounds like he really wanted to play, below is a text from obviously F. Durst himself. People were doubting the show was real, then these showed up. They were gonna totally miss out. The show was real, turns out the Sunoco couldn't handle the awesomeness that was about ... Read More